Poor Person’s Guide To Respiratory Muscle Training (your breathing muscles)

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Pinwheels and books make great inspiratory muscle training devices. Get or make a pinwheel (https://tinyurl.com/odb9s). Sitting slightly reclined with pinwheel in front of you, breath in your nose and blow out with pursed lips, seeing how far and long you can spin it. Repeat 10 times, resting or stopping as needed. Work up to doing once an hour. Monitor your oxygen levels and breathing. STOP/rest if oxygen goes below 90%…

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Oxygen Safety Tips

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Oxygen is flammable. Keep sources including concentrator at least 10 ft away from open flames, sparks (cigarettes, electric razors) & 5 ft away from high heat sources. Use only water-soluble products, not petroleum- or oil-based. Have your local utility & fire department put you on their emergency priority list. Post a “No Smoking, Oxygen in Use” sign on your door. Despite concentrators, have back up oxygen tanks. Store all but…

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ArmRCises for Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab

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For those with pulmonary or cardiac issues, using your arms can be especially taxing and cause shortness of breath.  ArmRCises are a set of 10-17 exercises that mimic everyday activities, and will improve the strength and endurance of your upper body. With time this will reduce your shortness of breath and lessen the workload on your heart and lungs.   No equipment or standing required.  Check out the (still appropriate but…

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Medicare Part A Coverage for Diabetics

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Diabetic patients with Medicare Part A are eligible for 80% of the allowed amount for one pair of shoes and up to three pairs of molded inner soles per year. Medicare will also cover regular podiatric /foot care every 3 months. After diagnosis, when prescribed by a physician a diabetic with Medicare Part A is entitled to 10 hours diabetes education services if provided by an appropriately recognized healthcare provider…

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Daily Practices of Self-Care with a Cancer Diagnosis

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If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you are likely experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. Amidst the fear and worry, you also experience joy and gratitude. It can be easy to become consumed with appointments and treatments, but it’s more important than ever to prioritize daily self-care. Self-care is simply the act of intentionally protecting or improving your overall wellness and happiness. Let’s review some daily practices that you can begin…

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BREATHE EASIER IN SIX STEPS

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Tired of not being able to walk to the kitchen or bathroom without getting short of breath? Do you avoid physical activities to prevent breathlessness? Or if you get out a little, does the work of breathing pretty much wipe you out the next day? Try our new Breathe Easier In Six Steps program. While we can’t reverse COPD, we CAN improve the quality of your life and your energy, and reduce complications. …

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Nutritional Tips During Your Cancer Journey

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Cancer and treatment both put a lot of strain on your body and mind.  It’s a critical time to take care of yourself yet can present with a host of challenges.  It’s important to get essential nutrients, manage a healthy weight, and stay as active as you can to keep muscle mass, and prevent complications. Yet it can be difficult when you have suffer some of the side effects both…

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A Customer’s Experience

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Physical Therapy via Telehealth As a hospital administrator, I wanted telemedicine for my small rural hospital so we could better know when our patients really did need to be transferred to larger hospitals with access to specialists.  Then, I began working with telehealth networks across the Northwest and  Pacific.  I saw numerous wins for patients and providers by the adoption of technology. In 2017, I finally got to try out…

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Car Trips

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Getting out of Dodge and traveling by car is great but the sitting isn’t easy. Sitting too long can actually make you stiff and sore. Try to stop every hour and stretch, take bathroom breaks, and find some stops along the way. Your body will be glad you did.

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